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Liberal Arts

Entry Year: 2022

3 study options

Liberal Arts BA (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2022
UCAS code
V901
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades BBB at A-Level. This must include at least one essay based A-Level in a humanities or social sciences subject. Excludes General Studies.
Full entry requirements
Home fees
£9,250
Overseas fees
£20,000
Funding information
Paying your fees

Liberal Arts with Year Abroad BA (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2022
UCAS code
V902
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades BBB at A-Level. This must include at least one essay based A-Level in a humanities or social sciences subject. Excludes General Studies.
Full entry requirements
Home fees
£9,250
Overseas fees
£20,000
Funding information
Paying your fees

Liberal Arts with Year in Industry BA (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BA (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2022
UCAS code
V903
Institution code
Q50
Typical A-Level offer
Grades BBB at A-Level. This must include at least one essay based A-Level in a humanities or social sciences subject. Excludes General Studies.
Full entry requirements
Home fees
£9,250
Overseas fees
£20,000
Funding information
Paying your fees

Overview

Our new BA in Liberal Arts combines the expertise of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences to provide a unique multi-disciplinary programme at central London's only campus-based university.

This programme combines an innovative and research-driven curriculum grounded within the distinct, established areas of academic specialisation and excellence found within the constituent schools of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The programme provides distinct tracks or 'majors' that facilitate greater flexibility in module choice and a broader basis than in degrees in single or joint subjects, alongside the development of an intellectual and disciplinary focus as you progress through your degree. You will benefit from engaging with a range of subjects from different disciplinary perspectives, including the study of a foreign language during your first year (whether as a beginner or building on existing competence). As well as practical language study, you will work on related aspects of literature, culture, history, society and linguistics.

The three themes include:

  1. Language and Culture. This area involves the continued study of a modern language in each year. As a compulsory part of the programme for all students taking this major or minor, you spend a year abroad, in a country or countries where the language you are studying is spoken - you can study at a university, or take up a work placement (opportunities vary).
  2. Global Cultures. This area spans comparative cultural and intercultural studies, as well as area studies of specific regions and nations from all over the world, both contemporary and historical.
  3. Interactions: Societies and Cities. This area takes in social science and ideological and critical approaches to human activity, together with metropolitan studies including modules in which you can use London as a resource for exploring contemporary issues, from a range of disciplines.

Our BA Liberal Arts programme combines the academic expertise across the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film together with the School of English and Drama, the School of Politics and International Relations, the School of Geography, the School of History and the School of Economics and Finance.

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Structure

The programme is organised around Liberal Arts compulsory modules and seminars in the first and second years, and culminates in a unique research project drawing on expert supervision.

Year 1

The modules offered will be dependent upon the major and minor track chosen. Within your first year of BA study (second year for foundation students), students will study across all tracks and be supported by an academic advisor to select the best major and minor routes for their following years. The below provides an indicative list of what you may study within each of the tracks.

All routes

  • 30 credits Language (current choice is between French, Russian, German, Spanish, Portuguese)
  • 30 credits Liberal Arts compulsory module Culture and Language
  • 15 credits option from Global Cultures
  • 15 credits option from Interactions: Societies and Cities
  • 15 credits option from any of the three tracks
  • 15 credits Discovery module

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

The modules offered will be dependent upon the major and minor track chosen. The below provides an indicative list of what you may study within each of the tracks.

Students across all tracks will take 30 credits of Liberal Arts compulsory modules:

  • Thinking, Writing and Research across Cultures
  • Race and Racism in European Culture

Language and Culture Major / Global Cultures Minor

  • 30 credits Language (continuation of language studied in first year) (Example: German II Intensive)
  • 15 credit option from Major area (Example: Contemporary German Studies II: Berlin Cultures)
  • 15-30 credits option(s) from Minor area (Example: Madness Past and Present and/or Performing Illness and Disability)
  • 15 credits option from third area and/or Discovery module (Example: Economic Geographies)

Language and Culture Major / Interactions: Societies and Cities Minor

  • 30 credits Language (continuation of language studied in first year) (Example: French II)
  • 15-30 credit options from Major area (Example: Art in France: Manet to Picasso)
  • 15-30 credits option(s) from Minor area (Example: The UK and the EU)
  • 15 credit option from third area or Discovery module (Examples: Literature and Philosophy / How Do You Know? From the Culture of Facts to Post-Truth Society (16th-21st Centuries)

Global Cultures Major / Language and Culture Minor

  • 30 credits Language (continuation of language studied in first year) (Example: Portuguese II Intensive)
  • 30-60 credits Major area option modules* (Examples: Colonial Power and Desire: Narratives of Dissent in Portugal and Brazil /
    Colonial Literatures, Post-colonial Perspectives / South African Theatre and Performance)
  • 15 credits third area option module (Example: International Politics of the Developing World)

Global Cultures Major/ Interactions: Societies and Cities Minor

  • 30-60 credits from Major area (Examples: Violence in Early Modern Europe / Colonial Lives and Afterlives / Facts and Fictions of Climate Change)
  • 15-45 credits from Minor area (Examples: US Politics/ Human Rights in History)
  • 15 credits Discovery module: London and its Museums

Interactions: Society and the Cities Major / Language and Culture Minor

  • 30 credits Language (continuation of language studied in first year) (Example: Russian II)
  • 30-60 credits Major area option modules* (Examples: Modernity: Theories of the State, Economy, Society / Human Rights in History: Origins, Foundations, Prospects)
  • 15 credits third area option module (Example: The East in the West)

Interactions: Society and Cities Major / Global Cultures Minor

  • 30-60 credits from Major area (Examples: Language in Mind / Colonialism, Capitalism & Development / Totalitarianism: Authoritarian Politics in History and Theory, 1920-2003 / London on Film: Representing the City in British and American Cinema)
  • 15-45 credits from Minor area (Example: Latin America: Key Concepts)
  • 15 credits Discovery module (Example: Walking the City)

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

The modules offered will be dependent upon the major and minor track chosen. The below provides an indicative list of what you may study within each of the tracks.

Students across all tracks will take the Liberal Arts Research Project module.

Language and Culture Major / Global Cultures Minor

  • Year Abroad Assessment module(s)

Language and Culture Major / Interactions: Societies and Cities Minor

  • Year Abroad Assessment module(s)

Global Cultures Major / Language and Culture Minor

  • Year Abroad Assessment module(s)

Global Cultures Major/ Interactions: Societies and Cities Minor

  • 30 credits compulsory Research Project
  • 30-60 credits options from Major area (Examples: Culture, Performance and Civilisation / Kinship: Geographical Perspectives / Postcolonial Studies Today)
  • 15-45 credits from Minor area (Examples: American Politics, Carceral State and Social Movements / The Public Life of Cities)
  • 15 credits Discovery or non-language Modern Language and Culture module (Example: Avant-Garde Theory in Europe)

Interactions: Society and Cities Major / Language and Culture Minor

  • Year Abroad Assessment module(s)

Interactions: Society and Cities Major / Global Cultures Minor

  • 30 credits compulsory Research Project
  • 30-60 credits options from Major area (Examples: The Darwinian Revolution: The History of a Dangerous Idea / Language and Health Communication / Beyond Language: Multimodality in Theory and Practice)
  • 15-45 credits from Minor area (Examples: Islam and the West in the Middle Ages / German Thought II: Political Thought in the Twentieth Century)
  • 15 credits Discovery or non-language Modern Language and Culture module (Example: Offstage London)

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 4

Language and Culture Major / Global Cultures Minor

  • 30 credits Language (Example: German III)
  • 30 credits compulsory Research Project.
  • 15-30 credits options in Major area (Example: Anglo-German Relations)
  • 15-30 credits options in Minor area (Examples: On The Subject of Sex II / European Philosophy and Representation of Consciousness)
  • 15-30 credits options in third area and/or Discovery (Example: Historical Geographies of Medicine)

Language and Culture Major / Interactions: Societies and Cities Minor

  • 30 credits Language (Example: French III)
  • 30 credits compulsory Research Project
  • 15-30 credits options in Major area (Example: Language and Society in the French-Speaking World)
  • 15-30 credits options in Minor area (Example: Politics at the End of History)
  • 15 credits option in third area or Discovery (Example: The Modern Caribbean: Migration, Radicalism and Revolt)

Global Cultures Major / Language and Culture Minor

  • 30 credits Language (Example: Portuguese III)
  • 30 credits compulsory Research Project
  • 30-60 credits options in Major area Examples: Comparative Modernisms: China and India / Beyond Crisis and Catastrophe: Environmental humanities across texts and cultures / Sea Power and Empire: Piracy, Race and Modernity)
  • 15 credits options in third area or Discovery (Example: Gender and Politics)

(If 15 credits remain, and a 15 credit option in Modern Language minor has not been taken at Level 4 or 5: 15 credit option in Modern Language and Culture)

Interactions: Society and the City Major / Language and Culture Minor

  • 30 credits Language (Example: Russian III)
  • 30 credits compulsory Research Project
  • 30-60 credits options in Major area (Examples: The Politics of Southeast Asia / Manifestos in the Modern Political Imaginary / Ethnography of Communication – Foundations and Fieldwork)
  • 15 credits options in third area or Discovery (Example: Look Who’s Computing)

(If 15 credits remain, and a 15 credit option in Language and Culture Minor has not been taken at Level 4 or 5: 15 credit option in Modern Language and Culture)

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

In your second year (third for those taking a foundation year), you choose to specialise in a major area and a minor area of study, which will define the focal points of your whole degree. There are three areas: Language and culture, Global cultures, and Interactions: societies and cities.

Alongside choosing from the three themes as major and minor specialisms, the BA Liberal Arts programme also includes Discovery modules, which enable you to explore new themes and forms of study beyond your major and minor choices.

You can spend the third year of the four-year version of the degree (fourth of fifth for those taking the foundation year) on an international exchange with one of our partner universities. The four-year option is compulsory for those taking a modern languages as a major or minor.

For details on all our modules, please visit the module directory.

Study options

Apply for this degree with any of the following options. Take care to use the correct UCAS code - it may not be possible to change your selection later.

Integrated foundation year

The BA Liberal Arts with Integrated Foundation Year combines a three-year degree in Liberal Arts (or a four-year degree including a year abroad) with a bespoke foundation year, providing a pathway for students not currently eligible for entry to a three year degree programme. The Foundation Year (year zero) is structured as follows:

  • 15 credit compulsory module: English Language and Study Skills
  • 15 credit compulsory module: Independent Study Project
  • 90 credits of option modules.

Year abroad

You have three options for how to spend your year abroad:

  • attending university
  • on a work placement with our support, or independently with our approval
  • teaching English as a foreign language assistant.

To find out more about the Year Abroad, please visit our website.

Teaching

Teaching and learning

Teaching takes a number of forms, which may include:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Small group tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Lab work using multi-media resources
  • Writing intensive courses
  • Field trips
  • Independent work by students, including research, presentations and peer review; Individual supervision of projects and dissertations
  • Individual and group feedback on written work and other completed tasks.

Assessment

Assessment is varied and will take a number of forms within the programme, typically a combination of written exams and coursework, final-year dissertations, and independent projects.

Resources and facilities

The Schools offer excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • the Queen Mary library
  • the Multimedia Language Resource Centre, equipped with digital labs and resource rooms, teacher and student workstations, interactive whiteboards, and software for viewing live international satellite TV broadcasts
  • subscriptions to foreign newspapers and journals
  • language clubs and social activities, including film screenings, discussion groups and debates
  • the Centre for European Research, which welcomes students and academics interested in learning and researching on all matters relating to Europe
  • the Mile End Institute, a major policy centre that specialises in contemporary British politics, featuring regular high-profile speakers.

Entry requirements

A-LevelGrades BBB at A-Level. This must include at least one essay based A-Level in a humanities or social sciences subject. Excludes General Studies.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 30 points overall, including 5,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must also include at least one essay based subject at Higher Level.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 15 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. For programmes with French, applicants must have studied French to at least GCSE level. For all other single and joint honours language programmes, experience of learning a language other than your mother tongue, and a demonstrable aptitude for language study are required. Applications are considered on a case by case basis, and we may request an interview. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting grade requirements.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQ

Alternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification.

For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq

Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.
A-LevelGrades BBB at A-Level. This must include at least one essay based A-Level in a humanities or social sciences subject. Excludes General Studies.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 30 points overall, including 5,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must also include at least one essay based subject at Higher Level.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 15 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. For programmes with French, applicants must have studied French to at least GCSE level. For all other single and joint honours language programmes, experience of learning a language other than your mother tongue, and a demonstrable aptitude for language study are required. Applications are considered on a case by case basis, and we may request an interview. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting grade requirements.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification. For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.
A-LevelGrades BBB at A-Level. This must include at least one essay based A-Level in a humanities or social sciences subject. Excludes General Studies.
IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 30 points overall, including 5,5,5 from three Higher Level subjects. This must also include at least one essay based subject at Higher Level.
BTECSee our detailed subject and grade requirements
Access HEWe consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 15 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. For programmes with French, applicants must have studied French to at least GCSE level. For all other single and joint honours language programmes, experience of learning a language other than your mother tongue, and a demonstrable aptitude for language study are required. Applications are considered on a case by case basis, and we may request an interview. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting grade requirements.
GCSEMinimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.
EPQAlternative offers may be made to applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification. For further information please visit: qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/epq
Contextualised admissionsWe consider every application on its individual merits and will take into consideration your individual educational experiences and context. More information on how academic schools and programmes use this information as part of the admissions process, can be found on our contextualised admissions pages.

Non-UK students

We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications in addition to A-levels, the International Baccalaureate and BTEC qualifications. Please visit International Admissions for full details.

If your qualifications are not accepted for direct entry onto this degree, consider applying for a foundation programme.

English language

Find out more about our English language entry requirements, including the types of test we accept and the scores needed for entry to the programme.

You may also be able to meet the English language requirement for your programme by joining a summer pre-sessional programme before starting your degree.

Further information

See our general undergraduate entry requirements.

Funding

Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.

Careers

Graduates from Queen Mary's School of Languages, Linguistics and Film and the wider Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences go on to work in a wide variety of careers. Some apply their degree knowledge directly, entering careers such as education and the arts, whilst others transfer skills gained during study into areas such as public relations. Graduates who have developed specialisations in the wider Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences often find employment in areas such as business, finance, government and the media.

Whichever of these area specialisations you may have chosen, you will develop a wide range of skills and you will cover a wider range of topics and approaches than in a typical single or joint honours degree.

As a student on the BA Liberal Arts programme, you will also improve your abilities to analyse material, present arguments underpinned by evidence, evaluate different views and approaches to a subject, and express yourself effectively both orally and in writing.

Career support

You’ll have access to bespoke careers support every step of your degree, including personal academic support from the French and Politics departments. You’ll benefit from regular careers events for language students, including a workshop for students returning from their year abroad, and a Make Languages Work For You speedmeet with alumni.

Our careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

Learn more about career support and development at Queen Mary.

Unistats data for these courses

Liberal Arts - BA (Hons)

Liberal Arts with Year Abroad - BA (Hons)

Liberal Arts with Year in Industry - BA (Hons)

About the School

The School of Languages, Linguistics and Film is friendly and collaborative, bringing a vibrant range of disciplines together. We teach and research on subjects from practical filmmaking to postmodern literature, and from experimental neurolinguistics to Brazilian Portuguese.

This year, Russian and French students have produced plays in their language, linguistics students have presented their research at conferences and film students have directed, shot and edited many short films.

Our work engages the local community through workshops, research projects and public events. We are visited by poets, novelists and outside experts, and we make the most of our location, forging strong links with London’s cultural institutions.

In the 2017 National Student Survey, French and Hispanic Studies received overall satisfaction ratings of 100 per cent – top in the UK. Satisfaction among linguistics students was at 92 per cent. German was ranked first in London and Hispanic Studies and Russian in the top five by the Complete University Guide 2018.